How does one begin to describe herself?
In a nutshell:
I’m crazy about life, love, and all of the things that make them both healthy and happy. My true passion exists within nurturing the food-to-human connection & a lifestyle encompassing both physical and intellectual strength.
In a larger nutshell:
In 2009, I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and was totally unsure of what I wanted to do. Medical school? Marine biology? Literally no idea. Soon after graduation I became very active in the fitness [CrossFit] community and attended various specialty certification seminars ranging from powerlifting to nutrition. I soon realized my adoration for fitness and nutrition which led me to apply for my Master of Public Health (MPH), concentrating in social behavior and community health.
While in school, I completed two nutrition policy-focused internships and was ultimately hired to coordinate the state’s food policy council, manage and direct statewide farm to school projects, and coordinate the WIC Vegetables and Fruits Check Program. I graduated with my MPH in December 2012 and completed a Health Coach certification in 2014. I stayed with my food policy position for almost 4 years, working to impact nutrition at schools and institutions, increase access to local, fresh whole-food items, and in general, help to develop policy and programs that positively affect the food system and the health of populations.
This job confirmed my adoration for evidence-based food policy and health promotion which lead me to pursue the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition (FPAN) graduate program at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (concentrating in nutrition communications, intervention design, and behavior change). During this time, I worked professionally as a graduate teaching assistant, research assistant, and health and wellness intern at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I completed my American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Group Exercise Instructor Certification (GEI) in 2016 and graduated with my MS in May 2017.
So.. what is Edible Intellect?
Edible Intellect is the convergence of my passions: feeding the mind to empower inside. I believe that a well-fed, critically thinking, and informed mind can empower us to make better decisions regarding our health and well-being. It can teach us to question what we hear and read. It can also teach us to love and accept the uniqueness of our being.
Through Edible Intellect, I will share personal experiences, favorite recipes, scientific articles, and my perception of the various nutrition and health-related happenings that are currently unfolding in our society. I hope to reconnect with my love for writing and positively impact everyone who visits this blog.